Independent brewers reappearing in Edinburgh and Glasgow
You may have noticed around town that local beers are reappearing. Not Tennent’s (owned by Irish C&C group) or McEwan’s (Dutch-owned) but ales from the WEST brewery at Glasgow Green and Stewart Brewing of Loanhead, just south of Edinburgh. Recent openings as varied as Slumdog, Blythswood Square and Cookie are serving WEST’s lager, brewed in accordance with the sixteenth-century Reinheitsgebot, or German Purity Law, on draught, while around 50 pubs in Edinburgh and Central Scotland now have taps pouring Stewart beers. Steve Stewart and his team have also just launched four beers in 330ml bottles with an emphasis on food matching: the range includes dark, malty St Giles and light, hoppy Hollyrood [sic] lager.